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A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting
memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a
blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Her
marvelously detailed, engagingly personal entries chronicle 25 trying months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy
with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist who has little tolerance for Anne's vivacity. The
diary's universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime (scant, bad
food; shabby, outgrown clothes that can't be replaced; constant fear of discovery) and candid discussion of emotions
familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one sees my real nature, when will I be loved?). Yet Frank was
no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15.
Her death epitomizes the madness of the Holocaust, but for the millions who meet Anne through her diary, it is also a
very individual loss. --Wendy Smith
“A truly remarkable book.”—The New York Times
“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions. . . . There may be no
better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young
Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”—Chicago Tribune
“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”—The New York
Times Book Review
“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”—Newsday
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